Special Meeting: Napa City Council. Proposed antenna ordinance

Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 3rd in the Council Chambers.  6:30 PM

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Ham Nation: an internet podcast

This is an interesting video presentation seen each week on Wednesday evening at 6PM PST.    http://twit.tv/show/ham-nation  or  http://live.twit.tv/


After the show a discussion net is held on Dstar Reflector 014, heard on W6CO dstar system

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W6CO Dstar

Several months ago, DSL service to Mt. Veeder was discontinued and replaced by AT&T’s U-verse.  Ever since the installation we have had problems with port forwarding through the new AT&T equipment.  The “standard” processes for port forwarding did not work and after several non-productive calls to AT&T’s “so-called” tech support we stumbled on an updated document on the web.  It seems the new equipment will not allow the forwarding of ranges of ports; they must be input one at a time no matter how many you have in a sequence.  The input mask on the modem’s firmware seems to indicate you can enter a range, but if you do only the first port of the range will be processed and no error message is sent.

So after 5 attempts to get us back on-line, the new document did the trick.  Interestingly, the thing about the sequential ports was in very small print and I almost missed it.

If you have Dstar equipment, feel free to use it.  We normally have the system linked to Reflector-14 in Las Vegas but it can be changed to anything you want. Nie mowisz po polsku?  Reflector 32C is for you.

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Amateur Radio Parity Act

Campaign Will Resume in New Congress – from the ARRL Newsletter

Largely as the result of a grassroots campaign, “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014″ (H.R. 4969) attracted the support of 69 members of the US House of Representatives in addition to that of its sponsor, Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). While the just-adjourned 113th  Congress did not enact the bill, the effort to gain passage of  the legislation will begin anew when the 114th Congress  convenes in January. Introduced with bipartisan support    last June, H.R. 4969 called on the FCC to apply the  “reasonable accommodation” three-part test of the PRB-1   federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions  regarding antennas. The limited PRB-1 pre-emption  currently applies only to state and municipal land-use  ordinances. The FCC has indicated its reluctance to provide the same legal protections from private land-use agreements — often called covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs) — without direction from Congress. ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, stressed this week that the fight is not over.

“While we are disappointed that the bill did not make it through the process during the session, the effort was extremely energized by the efforts of thousands of ARRL members who participated in our grassroots lobbying effort,” Henderson said. “In just 6 short months we gained tremendous traction for the Amateur Radio Parity Act.”

Henderson explained that sometime after the new Congress is called into session in January, a new “Amateur Radio Parity Act” bill with a new number will be introduced into the US House. “Once this happens, the ARRL will gear up for a fresh effort to push this legislation forward,” he added.

Henderson said the bill would not have attained its current level of support in the US House without the thousands of letters and phone calls made by ARRL members to their congressional representatives. “The success of this crucial issue relies on the efforts of all radio amateurs and ARRL members,” he said. “We know you will step forward in the new year, when we renew our efforts on Capitol Hill.”

The ARRL H.R. 4969 web page provides additional information.

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Christmas with the NBARA

Est. 1947 Affiliated with ARRL for over 60 years.
Correspondence and dues can be sent to: NBARA P.O. Box 6213 Vallejo, California 94591
K6LI – Vallejo, California 145.310 – PL 88.5
The NBARA’s monthly meetings take place monthly on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. (this varies during November and December). The meeting place is located at Building 46, Railroad Avenue and 8th Street on Mare Island, across from Alden Park

NBARA Members and Friends,
Monday December 22nd at 6 P.M. will be the NBARA Holiday Dinner Celebration and donation drawing at the Museum.
You can pay in advance or at the door.
Jennifer needs you to contact her as soon as possible so she can plan on how much food to purchase. Bring yourself, family or friends but please let her know as soon as possible.
Dinner will be:
Roast beef
The cost will be $15.00/adult and $7.00 each for children under 12.
Contact Jennifer at 707)642-5863 or email Gary at ke6qr-1@comcast.net

AB4AL- Bob
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